Over the course of over 30 years, Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, principals of Barrett and Greene, Inc. have done much-praised analysis, research and writing about state and local governments. They are nationally-known authorities in a host of topics including budgeting and finance; human resources and workforce management; procurement; tax systems,  pensions, infrastructure, contracting, data use, civics education and notably performance management. In early 2020, their latest book, "Making Government Work: The Promises and Pitfalls of Performance-Informed Management," was published by Rowman & Littlefield


Peter Harkness, founder of Governing Magazine, has described the couple as "by far the most experienced journalists in the country covering public performance." Michael Jacobson, deputy director of performance and strategy at the King County Office of Performance Strategy and Budget commented that "Katherine and Rich have been covering state and local government management issues for so many years that there are few people they don't know, few issues they haven't covered and few concepts that are new to them." Leslie Scott, executive director of the National Association of State Personnel Executives, wrote that "their expertise and knowledge in government management is simply unmatched." And Chris Morrill, executive director of the Government Finance Officers Association, called Barrett and Greene "the dynamic duo of good government."

The couple, who are fellows at the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), are currently engaged as:

  • Senior Advisors and columnists for Route Fifty

  • Co-Chairs of the Route Fifty Advisory Board

  • Special Project Consultants at the Volcker Alliance

  • Visiting Fellows at the IBM Center for the Business of Government (where they recently co-authored a major report, "Managing the Next Crisis: Twelve Principles for Dealing with Viral Uncertainty") 

  • Senior advisors at the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois Chicago

  • Columnists for Government Finance Review

  • Editors, commentary session, International Journal of Public Administration

  • Advisors to the Government Finance Officers Association

  • Co-Authors of a major paper for the Urban Institute

  • Authors of a series of papers about topics pertaining to the public sector  workforce commissioned by UKG.

  • Chair of the Center for Accountability and Performance at the American Society for Public Administration (Richard Greene)

One of Barrett and Greene’s most significant contributions was as founders of the Government Performance Project, which was funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and published in Governing Magazine. Through a rigorous combination of academic and journalistic approaches, it regularly evaluated the management capacity of all fifty states. and occasionally, the largest cities and counties in America.


Over the course of years, Barrett and Greene have served in an advisory or contractual capacity to many organizations central to the study of states and localities. For example, they have:

  • Served as columnists and the authors of multiple features about government management for Governing Magazine. Two of these columns each month were also sent out in the form of an e-newsletter.

  • Provided additional support to Governing as senior fellows at the Governing Institute,

  • Worked as contractors, over a thirteen-year span, for the Pew Charitable Trusts, developing hundreds of new ideas and over a dozen major reports.

  • Written, for several years, a bi-monthly column for the Council of State Governments, where they served as senior fellows and made contributions to a number of projects including the research and writing for CSG’s ground-breaking report about civic education in America.

  • Provided a series of blog items for the Fels Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, where they were senior fellows for several years.

Finally, they have made contributions of note to the National League of Cities, the Urban
Institute, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board; the Association of Government
Accountants, the National Association of State Chief Administrators, and others, much of it pro-bono.

For obvious reasons, during the last couple of years their public speaking has been limited to virtual appearances in podcasts, webinars and online presentations for the National Academy of Public Administration; The National Association of State Chief Administrators; the American Society for Public Administration; GovExec, Route Fifty, the IBM Center for the Business of Government, the Federation of Tax Administrators, the Volcker Alliance and ResourceX.

In preceding years, they were frequent speakers at a number of conferences including those hosted by the National Association of state Personnel Executives, the University of Illinois Urban Forum; the University of North Carolina’s MPA Program; NIGP: The Institute of Public Procurement; the Consortium of University Public Service Organizations; the Council of State Governments; the National Center for State Courts; the Volcker Alliance in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Federal Reserve Bank at Atlanta, and the Wyoming Business Alliance.

Barrett and Greene have received multiple awards for their work, including: the designation of finalist, on two occasions, for the National Magazine Awards; the Amos Tuck award from Dartmouth College, two awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism from the New York Society of CPAs, the Children's Choice award from the International Reading Association, the Washington Monthly Journalism award; the Folio Editorial Excellence award; and the Excellence in Health Care Reporting award presented by the National Institute of Health Care Management.

 

They have two grown children, Benjamin and Sandra.